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Over 10 million workers are now employed in renewable energy

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The global renewable energy industry continues its seemingly unstoppable growth with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reporting this week that renewable energy jobs reached 10.3 million worldwide in 2017.

According to the Agency’s report, Renewable Energy and Jobs- Annual Review, the renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs in 2017, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2016.
According to the report from IRENA the renewables industry created more than 500,000 jobs in 2017.
So, you might be wondering where are all these jobs located? The answer remains the same as it has in previous years with China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan being the world’s largest renewable energy employers, representing more than 70 per cent of all industry jobs globally. The reason for this lies in the fact that although countries across the globe are utilising renewable energy, the bulk of the manufacturing of renewable energy technology takes place in relatively few countries.

Despite the growth in large off and onshore wind power projects in recent years, the solar PV industry remains the largest employer of all renewable energy technologies, accounting for close to 3.4 million jobs, up almost 9 per cent from 2016 following a record 94 gigawatts (GW) of installations in 2017. China has been estimated to account for two-thirds of PV jobs- equivalent to 2.2 million.
More than 70 per cent of all renewables jobs are located in China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany, and Japan.
Commenting on the findings of the report, Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, said:

“Renewable energy has become a pillar of low-carbon economic growth for governments all over the world, a fact reflected by the growing number of jobs created in the sector.”

“The data also underscores an increasingly regionalised picture, highlighting that in countries where attractive policies exist, the economic, social and environmental benefits of renewable energy are most evident. Fundamentally, this data supports our analysis that decarbonisation of the global energy system can grow the global economy and create up to 28 million jobs in the sector by 2050.”

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